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The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington
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Aug 14, 11

it was ok
bookshelves: comparative-politics, political-science, culture, civilization, reviewed

I'm a conscrutivist, so it's unsurprising that I'm not a fan of this theory. As most social scientists would rush to tell you, it's essential to distinguish between descriptive and normative works, but Huntington blurs the line to the point that his Manichaean dichotomizing becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. This lecture Edward Said gave at UMass a while ago captures a lot of what's wrong with this view of the world: http://video.google.com/videoplay?doc.... Said is obviously coming from a very different place - as a scholar of comparative literature, as a Palestinian, as *not* a political scientist - but the core message that it's more fruitful to seek similarities than differences is vital.

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